How to listen to God in Scripture
Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to bring God himself into our lives. Listen, for instance, to Moses as he addresses the Israelites just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Continue »
This exercise will help you find out.
When we try to think of ourselves as holy, often our first reaction is to exclaim, “Not me!” That may be because we tend to think of holiness as something reserved for great saints and heroes, and we know we aren’t in that category! However, the truth is that by the fact of our baptism we are all called to holiness. Continue »
How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.
Today’s reading invites us to come to the waters: the waters of life. Of course, the first experience many of us have of this water is quite literal, in the sacrament of Baptism. Continue »
Selected July Meditations
What better to way to start and finish each day than with scripture? In this new calendar, Fr. Larry Richards exhorts us to put the Word of God first and last! Continue »
Four Ways to Experience Jesus’ Power
The gospels present many exciting accounts of people being healed and restored to wholeness. But after delving into them, we wonder: Can we too experience Jesus’ healing touch? Can we be set free? Continue »
The Eucharist drew me back.
I was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant. My family later left the Church, and it took me fifty years to find my way home. Through all those years, I never forgot the peace I found in the Eucharist. Continue »
God wants to free us from the devil so we can help others get free.
Discerning of spirits is always a delicate matter in which we need prudence so as not to become deluded and confused. We risk deluding ourselves by ascribing all our mistakes to the devil without taking serious note of the evil we all have rooted inside us, and thus without coming against it. Continue »
Five Ways To Experience His Love More Deeply
Deep in our hearts, we all yearn for the Spirit’s presence. Often, however, obstacles can prevent us from knowing his grace more deeply. Below are five steps we can take to remove these obstacles and open our hearts to the Spirit’s transforming power. Continue »
What Makes a Prophet?
He stands on a sun-bleached dune, his tangled hair blowing in the wind and his dark eyes bearing an intense, faraway look. His hand grips a well-worn staff, and his sheepskin cloak clings to his gaunt frame. Continue »
An excerpt from Living in the Father's Embrace
Jesus assures us that we can have that Holy Spirit for the asking. Our asking cannot, however, be routine. It must be passionate and persevering. Continue »
The Hope to Which He Has Called Us (Ephesians 1:17-23)
May you know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe." (Ephesians 1:18-19) Continue »
Coming Closer to the Lord with Others
A Bible discussion group is another key that can help us unlock the treasures of God’s word. Participating in a discussion or study group—whether through a parish, a prayer group, or a neighborhood—offers us the opportunity to grow not only in our love for God’s word but also in our love for one another. We don’t have to be trained Scripture scholars to benefit from discussing and studying the Bible together. Bible study groups provide environments in which we can worship and pray together and strengthen our relationships with other Christians. The following guidelines can help a group get started and run smoothly. Continue »
The Easter miracle is still at work today.
It’s amazing. No single event has affected so many individual lives over the course of so many centuries as the resurrection of Jesus from the dead nearly two thousand years ago. Continue »
Three Practical Steps
1. Be filled by God. There is a big difference between an empty gas tank and a full one. Likewise, God wants us to be regularly filling up on his grace, not running on empty. Continue »
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Words on John 14: 1 - 31
In his farewell discourse, Jesus announced his imminent death and resurrection to his disciples with these mysterious words: "I go away, and I will come to you," he said (John 14:28). Dying is a "going away." Even if the body of the deceased remains behind, he himself has gone away into the unknown, and we cannot follow him (see 13:36). Yet in Jesus’ case, there is something utterly new, which changes the world. Continue »